The '''committed dose''' in radiation protection|radiological protection
is a measure of the stochastic
health risk due to an intake of radioactive material into the human body. Stochastic in this context is defined as the ''probability'' of cancer induction and genetic damage, due to low levels of radiation. The SI unit of measure is the sievert
A committed dose from an internal source represents the same effective risk as the same amount of effective dose (radiation)|effective dose
applied uniformly to the whole body from an external source, or the same amount of equivalent dose
applied to part of the body. The committed dose is not intended as a measure for deterministic
effects such as radiation sickness
which is defined as the ''severity'' of a health effect which is certain to happen.
The radiation risk proposed by the International Commission on Radiological Protection
(ICRP) predicts that an effective dose of one...